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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the beleaguered border bill in the House and the shattered cease-fire in Gaza.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Gaza took an ominous turn Friday, as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire fell apart within 90 minutes and the Israeli military announced its belief that one of its soldiers was captured by Hamas militants.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Nov 13, 2012 — The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
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Mar 16, 2012 — In the golden age of flight, pilots reveled in the magic of lonely nights aloft and suffered the perils of stormy skies. Author Gregory Crouch recommends three books that describe these harrowing aero-adventures. Do you remember the first time you flew? Tell us your story in the comments.
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Nov 4, 2011French philosopher Michel de Montaigne's advice on How to Live debuts at No. 15.
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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The War: A Memoir by Marguerite Duras, Barbara Bray, and Barbara Bray. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Feb 16, 2011 — How can we understand the experiences of those who have lived through war? What do they have to teach us? Author Hilary Thayer Hamann's favorite book attempts to answer these questions, and reinforces just how beautifully implausible life during conflict can be. It's The War by Marguerite Duras.
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Dec 14, 2009 — Heller McAlpin's picks include: the story of a lifelong crush on Albert Camus, a humorous take on middle-aged malaise, and a no-nonsense look at mortality. The sharp, fresh writing in these memoirs will bring you headfirst into each author's world, with your heart following close behind.
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Dec 14, 2009 — Author Elizabeth Hawes channels her lifelong ardor for Albert Camus into a rich, unusual hybrid of a book that is part biography, part personal memoir. Hawes' admitted bias and reflections on the biographical process add intriguing dimensions to this intellectually stimulating literary portrait.
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Apr 7, 2009 — Gregoire Bouillier projects an offbeat charisma as he broods his way through the second of his eccentric memoirs. Report On Myself recounts anecdotes, revelations and oddities in a frank attempt to capture life's weirder truths.
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Nov 27, 2006 — Voltaire is considered one of the greatest poets of the Enlightenment. But very little was known of his inspirations. Renee Montagne talks to author David Bodanis about his new book Passionate Minds, which reveals the story of the brilliant pioneering scientist Emilie du Chatelet, her work and her intellectual and romantic love affair with Voltaire.
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Apr 8, 2006 — As the centenary of playwright Samuel Beckett's birth approaches, remembrances and performances of his work are under way. His influence skipped from country to country during his lifetime, and it remains profound in the world of the theater.
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